RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New research from Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) shows Hispanics are the most likely demographic (26%) to say they feel “motivated” when thinking about financial planning in the current environment. According to the company’s monthly Consumer Sentiment Tracker, the Hispanic population is also well-intentioned when it comes to financial planning:
- Saving for emergencies is the top financial goal (39%)
- Planning for the future is important (78%)
- The COVID-19 crisis has them thinking differently about their financial future (67%)
However, a gap exists when it comes to transforming these aspirations into action. Nearly three quarters (73%) of Hispanic consumers prioritize day-to-day expenses over planning for their financial future with at least half concerned about how to pay their mortgage or rent and their monthly bills. Additionally, Hispanics have greater concerns than the total population about supporting themselves and their families if they lose a job (61% versus 50%) and paying off debt (58% versus 50%).
“Throughout the past year, we have championed research that enables us to gain valuable insight into the specific financial experiences and behaviors within our diverse communities, especially given the impacts of COVID-19,” said Elena French, senior vice president, head of Corporate Marketing, Communications and Brand. “Our latest study shows Hispanics are engaged in finances, but still face residual challenges from the pandemic. This underscores the need to develop a holistic financial plan, one that sets realistic goals and objectives to work toward from a budgeting and saving perspective.”
When asked what financial actions they would like to take in the next three months, about one-third of Hispanics expressed interest in adding to emergency savings and putting together a plan to pay down debt.
“While it’s encouraging that Hispanic consumers recognize the value of strengthening their financial security, this is just an important first step in a transformative journey,” said Linda Corujo Ramsey, CRPC®, ChFC®, president of Linda Corujo Retirement Center based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Securities. “We want to ensure Hispanics — and all Americans — have access to and are leveraging the tools, knowledge and education that will enable definitive progress when it comes to prioritizing retirement, protecting families against the unexpected, and creating the lifestyle they envision for the future.”
For that reason, Corujo Ramsey recommends several tips to help Hispanic consumers create positive financial outcomes:
1. Set a Monthly Savings Goal. Evaluate your monthly expenses against your monthly income, then commit to setting aside a monthly amount with which you feel comfortable. It does not have to be large. Many people consistently put off saving because they want to start when they can set aside a certain dollar figure that feels more substantial, but it is important to start now. In time, you might be surprised by how much your initial amount will grow. Also, take advantage of financial wellness solutions offered by your employer to help assess and address any financial issues you may be dealing with like credit card debt, student loans, and saving for retirement, and tap into online calculators and others tools too.
2. Prioritize Creating a Financial Plan. Feel empowered to take the initiative to review your own financial situation and do it frequently, especially by having conversations with your loved ones. View a financial plan as a blank canvas where you are the artist who creates the final painting – you are in charge of your own future. Above all else, increase your emergency funds. It might sound simple, but when times are challenging, it is so much easier to have a financial cushion to fall back upon.
3. Meet with a Financial Professional. Consider meeting with a financial professional who can provide personalized advice that meets your individual needs. Take the time to find the right professional— someone who will protect your finances and the future of your loved ones. Additionally, openly discuss your budget and financial goals with your advisor to create that holistic financial plan. Think of this as a financial roadmap to reach your destination more easily.
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